A Palestinian man who opened fire at IDF
forces securing Joseph's Tomb
as Jewish worshippers prayed at the site sustained moderate to serious injuries after being shot by the soldiers. He was arrested and taken for medical care in Israel.
Some 1,400 Jewish worshippers arrived at the tomb early Thursday morning, escorted by large police and IDF forces.
As they were entering the site, Palestinians began to hurl stones at the forces, who responded with crowd-dispersal means. Later, live fire was directed against the forces, who fired back at the shooter.
Despite being hit, the Palestinian began to escape but was caught after a brief chase. He was taken to the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva after receiving initial medical attention by the troops. He will be questioned at a later stage. None of the soldiers or worshippers was hurt in the incident.
Joseph's Tomb (Archive photo: IDF)
Meanwhile, Palestinian sources told the Maan news agency that IDF forces had entered Nablus' Askar refugee camp where they fired tear gas and hurled shock grenades, wounding seven civilians.
It was further reported they arrested four Palestinians. The troops used bloodhounds in the operation, according to the report. The Maan report further noted that four Palestinians were arrested as Israeli
worshippers entered Joseph's Tomb.
Roi Kais contributed to this report
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